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Old 04-18-2011, 03:39 PM   #1
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Please help with tow vehicle MPG advice.

We have a Tacoma V6. It worked well for our pop-up, and does a fine job with our new X17Z. Except for MPG. Climbing out of the Ohio Valley we got 7.7 MPG. After leveling out before Indianapolis we got 9.7 MPG, but couldn't get that much if we did more than 60 MPH.

We are not at the 3500 max weight, probably closer to 3250. Does anyone have experience with this type of tow pertaining to MPG? I'm ready to trade vehicles and would appreaciate anyone's thoughts and ideas about what would be a better one for improved MPG. I realize 3250 is not a problem tow.

I would like to be able to go a little faster, and get a few more MPG.

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Old 04-18-2011, 03:48 PM   #2
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I think a half ton, i.e. F-150 or 1500 would give you a better all around towing experience, and should give you 10+ mpg in all around towing. I get 10 towing a 6500 lb trailer. Good gas mileage is hard to achieve even with some of the lighter trailers due to the frontal surface of the trailer and wind drag.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:53 PM   #3
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Good gas mileage is hard to achieve even with some of the lighter trailers due to the frontal surface of the trailer and wind drag.
Agreed - I get 10 towing 6000lbs and 11 towing a ten foot single axle scout trailer with a big flat front. Seems to be more induced by the wind resistance than the towing weight.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:10 PM   #4
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Well I get 12 to 14 towing my 25RKS its 6500 empty not sure how much loaded but that is between 55 to 60 if I get to 65 milage goes down hill from there. and I have a 2004 Dogge 2500 CTD. but that is a lot of weight to stop at 65 or over so I try to keep it at 60 or under. but I wouldnt want to pull my trailer with a 1/2 ton truck I think that it would be working to hard on the hills we have.
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Old 04-18-2011, 04:17 PM   #5
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I was pulling at 2010 Jayflight G2 23FB, dry weight of about 4600# with a 2006 Tacoma Dbl. Cab 4X4 with the 4.0 liter V6. That is about right as far as gas milage that I got. Just upgraded to a F150 with a 5.0 V8. I don't expect better gas milage but do expect it will pull hills MUCH better and not get blown around by the big rigs as I was.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:01 PM   #6
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Better M.P.G. = Sell trailer
Drag increases the square of speed so the faster you go you are exponentially increasing your drag.
Get a 3/4 ton diesel truck. Should be good for your next upgrade in campers and if MPG is what you are really after a diesel will do much better than a gas burner.
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Old 04-18-2011, 05:08 PM   #7
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I am in the same spot. I have a ford freestar and pick up 17z. I will be towing close to home for next summer or two but would like to upgrade. The problem I have is a truck doesn't work since the dog needs to have a spot in the vehicle plus two kids. Secondly, saving money towing is great but it is usually at the expense of MPG on regular driving. I need something that is relatively efficient all the time.
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:58 PM   #8
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We have a 2010 f150 with a 5.4 and tow a 19bh , when towing we get 10.5 mpgs , guess I should have waited and bought a Skylark .
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Good luck

Buy what you like,,,

You can go crazy debating what to get for towing. Get something you like for interior space as well. We went with the Toyota Tundra Crew Max. For the towing capabilities and the massive space inside for our family.

Diesel trucks are cool too, but prices of diesel off set the MPG you save vs gas.

A simple K&N air filter will help a little as well. I use them in all vehicles even the wifes...
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Old 04-18-2011, 11:00 PM   #10
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I wouldn't expect much more than 9 or 10 mpg pulling a tt. With a small engine your foot is close to the carpet all the time.
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